Obituaries 7-3-2014

Posted on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 9:09 am

BESS, ELIZABETH, LOUISE, 78, passed away at her home Monday, June 23, 2014. She was a member of the Altamont Baptist Church and was born in Dade County, Georgia on September, 27, 1935 to Joe and Arizona Middlebrooks Phillips who preceded her in death along with her daughter, Deborah Meeks; husband, Edgar Bess; sister, Betty McNeese; brothers, Walter, O.B., Junior and Cecil Phillips; great grandson, Jimmylee Barrett.
She is survived by her daughters, Rita (Jackey) Hoosier, Palmer, TN and Wanda (Bill) Hoosier, Kissimmee, FL; brothers, Steve (Linda) Phillips, Chickamauga, GA and Clarence “Bunk” (Sandra) Phillips, Lookout Mountain, GA; sister-in-law, Caroline Phillips, Lookout Mountain, GA; grandchildren, Chasity (Jaron) Barrett, Nathan (Stephanie) Cunningham, Michael Hoosier, Brittney (Cody) Childers, Miguel (Sarah) Cruz; 9 great grandchildren; several loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 25 in the funeral home chapel with Bro. Ab Scott and Bro. Don Hill officiating.
Burial was in Altamont Cemetery.
Arrangements were made by Layne Funeral Home, Altamont, TN.

STEINER, CYNTHIA, LOUISE, LITTELL, 55, died Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at her residence in Apison, Tennessee. She was born November 15, 1958 in Wildwood, Georgia and was a member of the Collegedale Community Seventh-day Adventist Church. She was a registered nurse, obtaining her degree at Southern Adventist University, but the role she enjoyed the most was being a mother.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Charles Littell and Sue Littell.
Survivors include one son, Dylan Steiner of Collegedale, Tennessee; his father, Eric Steiner of Cleveland, Tennessee; one sister, Vicki Jansen of Ooltewah, Tennessee; two brothers, Dr. Randy (Melinda) Littell of Tracy City, Tennessee, and Steven Littell of Georgetown, Tennessee; several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Friday, June 27 in the Heritage Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jerry Arnold officiating.
Burial was in Plainview Cemetery in Tracy City, Tennessee following a graveside memorial service.
Visit to view the memorial tribute and share words of comfort to the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be made to Hospice of Chattanooga.
Arrangements were made by Heritage Funeral Home, Chattanooga, TN.

MEEKS, MARTHA, ELLEN, SHORTRIDGE, age 88 of Manchester, TN, passed away on June 24, 2014 at the Medical Center of Manchester.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, June 28 from the Chapel of Central Funeral Home in Manchester with Pastor Greg Nash of Temple Baptist Church officiating.
Burial was in Bethel Cemetery in Pelham, TN.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations may be made to the Temple Baptist Church, Building Fund, Phase II, 66 Fairlane Dr., Manchester, TN 37355.
Arrangements were made by Central Funeral Home, Manchester, TN.

PERRY, PATSY, ANN, 69, of the Griffith’s Creek Community, passed away Sunday June 29, 2014 at the Bridge Nursing Home in South Pittsburg. She enjoyed being part of the Exceptional Enterprises family in Coalmont. She was born in Palmer, Tennessee on January 12, 1945 to William and Eva McDonald Perry who preceded her in death along with her brother, Elmer “Bo” Perry; sisters, Esther Mae Fults, Peggy Perry and Mattie Sue Burroughs.
She is survived by her sisters, Betty Jo Layne and Nancy Saucedo of Whitwell, Mary Beth (Jimmy) Perry, Kenosha, Wisconsin; brother, Billy (Linda) Perry, Crown Point, Indiana; a host of loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 2 in the funeral home chapel with Minister Eddie Birdwell officiating.
Burial was in Palmer Cemetery.
Arrangements were made by Layne Funeral Home, Palmer, TN.

RUST, VIRGINIA, R., age 91, of Maryville, TN, passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation-Fairpark. She was a graduate of Oregon State University and University of Oregon and a 30-year volunteer docent at the Scaife Gallery of the Carnegie Art Museum, Pittsburgh, PA. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Lt. Howard Wood, USAF (DSC) and RDM2 Ambrose G. “Rusty” Rust, USN; parents, Claude G. and Corinne E. Van Slyck Alexander; brother and sister-in-law, Robert V. and Addie Alexander; brother, C. Gordon Alexander; niece, Rose Alexander; grandson, Matthew Rust.
Survivors include her daughter, Claudia Rust; daughters and sons-in-law, Virginia and John Bleazey all of Maryville, Monica and Rev. Douglas Ogden of Whitehall, MI; son and daughter-in-law, Anthony and Melinda Rust of Maryville; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Alexander of Menlo Park, CA; 6 grandchildren and their spouses; 7 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will meet at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, July 6, 2014, at New Providence Cemetery for a graveside service with Rev. Steve Mosher officiating. A reception will follow at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 314 W. Broadway Ave., Maryville, TN 37801.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 314 W. Broadway Ave., Maryville, TN 37801.
Arrangements were made by McCammon-Ammons-Click Funeral Home, Maryville, TN.

WALKER, SARA, ANN, age 89, of McMinnville, TN, died Friday, June 27, 2014, at N.H.C. Health Care in McMinnville, TN. She was born July 16, 1924, in Grundy County, TN, was a homemaker, and a member of Grace Chapel United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by parents Herman and Carlena Rubley Hobbs, husband Leonard Parker Walker, a sister Wilsie Tate, and brother James Hobbs.
Survivors include son Michael (Pat) Walker; daughter Donna Walker; grandchildren Jason Walker and Melanie Wright; great grandchild Nathan Wright; sisters Joyce (Joe) Knowles and Dorothy Irvin; several nieces, nephews, family members, and friends.
Funeral services were held Sunday, June 29 at McMinnville Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Clayton Jones officiated.
Interment was in Hunerwadle Cemetery in Beersheba Springs, TN.
Arrangements were made by McMinnville Funeral Home, McMinnville, TN.

HAWKINS, JAMES, MARSHALL, SR., age 75, of Sewanee, TN, passed away Thursday, June 19, 2014 at Emerald Hodgson Hospital in Sewanee. He was a son of the late Jack Horace Hawkins, Sr. and Katherine Hawkins and was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, Pauline, Jack, Jr., John, Robert, Martha Ann, Marguerite, Joe and Janice.
He was well known in the area for many things. He loved guns and shooting, had been a Franklin County Constable for several years and had operated an auto repair shop in Sewanee. One of his favorite self appointed duties was to work the school zone and provide a safe crossing to all of the school children in Sewanee.
He is survived by his wife, Hazel M. Hawkins; children, Marty (Jane) Hawkins, Sewanee; Wendy (Roger) Seagroves, Tracy City; Kenny (Chris) Hawkins, Tulsa, OK; sisters, Vickie Sholey and Sue Hawkins of Sewanee; brother, Ed Hawkins, Manassas, VA; grandchildren, Jamey, Jennifer, Mycheall, David, Craig, Derek, Tarah, Lakyn and Dalton; great grandchildren, Jack, Daniel, Rylan and Max.
A Celebration of Life Service was held Sunday, June 22 at the University Shooting Range in Sewanee, Friends and family spoke and honored the life of James Marshall Hawkins.
Memorial may be made to the American Heart Association.
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Arrangements were made by Cumberland Funeral Home, Monteagle, TN.

ROSS, JOHN, JACOB, “HUNKY,” age 83, of Chattanooga, TN, passed away Monday, June 30, 2014 in a Chattanooga hospital. He was a native of Coalmont, TN, a son of the late Albert P. Ross and Nancy Dykes Ross. He was preceded in death by his wife, Pat Ross; granddaughter, Alicia Holmes; brother, Albert Larry Ross; sisters, Christine Richards, Rose Mary Durham, Carol Johnson, and Janice Oliver. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and had worked at TVA. He was a member of Brooks United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his daughter, Tina Marie Holmes, Chattanooga; step daughter, Debby (Mike) Burgin, Bledsoe County; grandsons, Taylor (Lindsay) Holmes, Shane (Kellie) Burgin; granddaughter, Toshia (Kevin) Tawzer; 5 great grandchildren, Hadley, Peyton, Pyper, Madelyn and Drew; brother, Jerry L. (Judy) Rose, Clyde, NY; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. CDT Thursday, July 3 in the funeral home chapel with Ministers Ray Winton, Clayton Jones and Terry Huffer officiating.
Burial will be in Coalmont Cemetery with full military honors provided by Sequatchie Valley Honor Guard.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 2 from 4-8pm CDT at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at
Arrangements were made by Cumberland Funeral Home, Monteagle, TN.

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